Wednesday, December 24, 2008

First transgender employee appointed by Congress  

This is great news. Transgender activist Diego Sanchez has been appointed to the position of legislative assistant to Congressman Barney Frank, who represents Massachusetts. He will advise the congressman on GLBT rights, health care, labor, and a range of other issues. According to Bay Windows:

Sanchez goes to Washington with an impressive resume. In addition to his current work at AIDS Action he served as director of JRI Health’s TransHealth and GLBT Health Access Programs. He was named among the Top 100 Most Powerful Latinos in Corporate America by Hispanic Business magazine and one of the 100 most powerful Latinos in Massachusetts by El Planeta newspaper. He is the first transgender person appointed to a Democratic National Committee standing committee, named to the DNC Platform Committee by Chair Gov. Howard Dean and appointed a Party Leader and At-Large Delegate to the 2008 convention in Denver.

A historic step for trans people everywhere.

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